An outbreak of previously unknown pneumonia, later identified to be caused by a new strain of coronavirus, was registered in the Chinese city of Wuhan, Hubei province, in late December.
The number of people who have died from coronavirus has reached 54, and over 300 new cases have been registered in China, local Global Times Newspaper reported.
Hubei Province, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, confirmed 323 new infection cases and 13 new deaths.
Earlier, China's National Health Commission confirmed 1,372 cases and at least 41 deaths from coronavirus.
The first doctor died from the novel virus on Saturday and three more medics have been infected with the disease.
A new strain of coronavirus, which the World Health Organisation (WHO) labelled as 2019-nCoV, has already been registered in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Macau, Nepal, France, the United States, France, and Australia.
In Wuhan, where the virus originated, the citizens were put on a travel ban. Other cities of Hubei province officially announced the suspension of transport connections over the deadly outbreak.
Additionally, two hospitals are being built in Hubei province to fight the outbreak. The quarantine zone reportedly covers 55 million people.